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Hello and welcome to iGarden. Anyone who knows me will know that I am 'The Compulsive Gardener' - I love everything about gardening.

Allow me to share some of my enthusiasm and interests in gardening with a focus on the plants I know best and those that do especially well in my own Sydney garden.

This is more than just about plants: it's also about the people involved in gardening; their books and gardens; planting schemes; choosing appropriate plant types; colour selection... There is plenty to think and read about in iGarden.

So, while you are here, enjoy all my blogs, have a browse through my list of Plants and don't forget to check out the Discussion Forums, Marketplace, Garden Ramble and your local Gardening Events.

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"Hurrah for August"

The month of August signals excites gardeners.

Having grown up in a cold area, I have always disliked winter. Even though Sydney hardly has a cruel winter, this year, I found June and July more challenging than usual - with some very cold snaps and the terrible flooding rains that created so much heartbreak for many. So, I am always very happy and relieved when the calendar can be turned to the month of August. Whilst we can, of course, experience some cold days in this month, and windy weather is also common (and we are told we might get m  ... Read On »

August in my garden

What's in bloom

See the full list of what's flowering in my garden this month. Here »

Jobs to do

For me, August is one of the busiest months of the gardening year. Read More »

My Gardening Tip of the month

The prunings from the summer- and autumn-flowering shrubs that are cut back now can be used as cuttings and should strike reasonably well.

My Plant Reference

My current garden is located in one of Sydney's northern suburbs so my focus is naturally on what does well here. I have grown over 305 different plant varieties that are all described in this reference.
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"Trees" forum topic: "Red flower on a white cloak "

Sandra asks:
 Can anyone please tell me why my white cloak has grown a single red flower? I thought it might be a hybrid with a red cloak but the flower is completely different (more like a pelagonium). All the other flowers on it are white

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